Williams Press Conference - 3/12/20

Superintendent Eric Williams

Loudoun County Public Schools, the third-largest school system in the commonwealth, was also one of the last in the nation to desegregate its schools, for which the Loudoun County School Board and Superintendent Eric Williams plans to formally apologize in September.

LCPS Public Information Officer Wayde Byard announced on Aug. 28 — the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech — the School Board’s plans to issue the formal apology alongside a video presentation outlining the history of segregation in the school system.

The video will also explain “the potential community impact of the apology from the perspective of Black citizens of Loudoun who are directly connected to the school system,” Byard wrote.

“Even as Americans drew inspiration from Dr. King’s call for unity and equal treatment under the law, Loudoun County actively resisted the legal and moral requirement to integrate its schools for over a decade, following more than a century of documented inequities between schools serving white students and those serving Black students,” Williams said in a prepared statement.

Williams and the School Board since June have discussed a formal apology as part of LCPS’ Action Plans to Combat Systemic Racism, which became a major consideration during a period of worldwide racial tension following the May death of George Floyd.

Other actions the School Board has since taken include removing Loudoun County High School’s former, Confederacy-inspired Raiders mascot, as well as approving inequity-combating changes to the Academies of Loudoun admissions process.

“Officially recognizing our wrongdoing, taking responsibility for that wrongdoing, and formally and authentically expressing remorse is important,” Loudoun School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) said in a prepared statement. “Accelerating action steps to combat systemic racism is even more important.”

“We can’t erase history, but we can acknowledge and apologize for this institution’s role in sustaining a system that disrespected Loudoun’s Black citizens and devalued their human potential,” Williams added.

The School Board on Aug. 28 invited the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to participate in the formal apology.

Per the according action item, the Board of Supervisors took several actions supporting the continued segregation of schools in the 1950s and 1960s.

More information about equity-related programs and initiatives within LCPS is available at lcps.org/EquityOverview.

Supervisors vote to support apology

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 1 voted 8-0-1 to support the school system’s apology. Catoctin Supervisor Caleb Kershner (R) abstained.

Kershner, who sought an explanation on why the board should apologize, said he wanted to see a copy of the apology letter. His motion to table a vote on the matter until the board could see the letter did not receive a second.

“I don’t know what it serves for us to look back 65 years and begin to apologize,” Kershner said. “What other things are we as a board going to apologize for what past boards did? There’s a whole litany of things, and I’m not suggesting one thing is more important than other. And so I think that’s really my concern — not for the spirit of this, because I think the spirit of this is awesome. I think this is exactly the kind of thing that we should be condemning, but apologizing the way the language is put in here, I would much rather support a resolution that says we condemn segregation and its existence ...”

Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) spoke in support of the measure.

“Sometimes, just like individuals or a family admits when they were wrong ... sometimes an entity like a county should admit when they were wrong, make an apology and then step away from that,” she said. “I think that’s why we do this, and so I think this is an amazing gesture by LCPS, Dr. Williams and the School Board, and I am I am honored to be asked to be part of this gesture.”

(126) comments

EdMyers

I received a postcard with a call to action against using tolerance.org as a curriculum resource in LCPS from an organization called "Concerned Parents of Loudoun County". The postcard was stealthy as it had no organizational address. Can someone shine a light on who is backing the viewpoint that diversity is a bad thing?

jbsets

I've come to the conclusion that this is just a forum for Loudoun County residents to complain about the BOS and LTM. Someone in this county voted these people in. If they live in this county, they are allowed to vote no matter the political philosophy. You don't have to be a life long resident of Loudoun to vote here. As for the LTM, if you are so offended by the publication, why do you subscribe? You have to pay for the privilege. Why are you wasting your money? I get it though. This is the only place where you can b**ch and moan anonymously and post your opinions that are often racist and bigoted.

scottva

And the best "woke" morons to run a school system goes to LCPS. Notice the LCPS Board or that twirp Williams have never mentioned that LCPS's partnerships and resources for their "Combatting Systemic Racism" are with radical organizations that are pushing BLM be taught to our kids AND promoting defunding the police. This is not conjecture but fact: Racial Equity Tools and Teaching Tolerance. They provide lessons on 'Whiteness", "Why we need to teach about BLM" and "Student Walkout Toolkit". This is a disgusting agenda and quite dangerous.

ABee

Agree Scott. Williams is a failure.

Parents need to monitor Zoom classes this fall to find out what agendas teachers are pushing.

jbsets

Did you sit in the back of each of your kids' classes to monitor what was being taught? Same thing. What are you worried about kids learning? Are you one those there is no such thing as science people? Or perhaps you want them to learn that racism is ok? Just want you to realize what you are saying implies all of that even if that is not what you meant

ABee

It is amazing how muted so many people have been as a single narrative now dominates and cancels every other alternate opinion one may have.

jbsets

Because supporting racist ideals is a great opinion and we should definitely pass those down to our kids so that they can persist well into the future? Again, your implication is clear.

CindyLou

HA, I don't know which is worse the ""was also one of the last in the nation to desegregate its schools" or the racist comments on this post!!!

Loudoun County is a day late and a dollar short, always. When will we be apologizing to all the Hispanic immigrants? The Muslims? When will the liberal bashing and The comments about if someone is black or Jamaican stop? This is a Nation of card carrying, flag waving Christian, white entitled mean people. No apology is the real deal unless it starts and stops on all levels. Hope those racist passing out the KKK fliers in Roundhill hear your apology. I am sure they will appreciate it.

LetSanityPrevail

Name one group of immigrants in the last 150 years that was not bashed and who never got an apology. Maybe you should learn a little history. WOPS a demeaning term for Italians meant With Out Papers, Irish immigrants were demeaned as were Poles, Slavs, Jews, etc. etc. They were restricted from universities and medical schools based on quotas, were limited in how far they could move up the corporate ladder, restricted from buying homes in certain areas (I remember in NY seeing a sign for Breezy Point that said No Jews or Salesmen allowed). Do these groups deserve apologies or is it only your preferred ethnic groups?

Stepup

Many Italian-Americans were lynched in the US including 11 lynched by a mob in New Orleans in the 1890's. For decades Italian-Americans earned less than blacks.

Yet no riots in the streets, calls for reparations or apologies.

The BLM movement is a hoax , based on lies, and fostered by democrat policies and divisive rhetoric.

jbsets

Every group needs another group to step on to get up the ladder of society. Poor whites during and after the civil war needed to step on the former slaves and sadly that persisted through time. On the west coast white people stepped on Asians, primarily the Chinese. On the east coast, first it was the Irish. Then the Irish assimilated and it became all about pooping on the Italians and the eastern Europeans, and Jews. A really good book about this topic: The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent. This and other countries have treated many ethnic groups poorly throughout history. This country owes apologies to the Native Americans for stealing their lands, forcing them to walk across the country to new lands, leaving them without a means to support themselves and no educational opportunities, stealing their children, etc. The US also owes an apology for allowing people to own human beings and force them into slavery. It doesn't matter who brought them here or why. People bought and sold human beings and then like the Native Americans, made it virtually impossible for them to thrive. We owe an apology to the Japanese Americans on the west coast who lost their homes and property when we shipped them to Montana to live in internment camps that looked exactly like the concentration camps in Europe. When they were released, their homes and property was gone and never recovered. Finally women. They were actual property owned by their husbands until the early 1900s. However, it didn't matter all that much because they had no financial freedom unless they were already rich. Women couldn't get a mortgage or a credit card without a male co-signor until the late 1970s. Women are still not paid the same as men even if doing the same job, for the same amount of time, with the same experience and education. In the 1970s it was 68 cents to the dollar. Today, 40+ years later, it's only 85 cents. That sucks. Oh, and there actually were immigrant and poor people riots in the streets in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Same with huge union protests that got ugly like say when owners brought in the Pinkertons. You can watch the Gangs of New York too

LetSanityPrevail

I read “The Guarded Gate” so you are not telling me anything I didn’t know. As to apologies explain again why today’s generation needs to apologize for past injustices. I expect no apologies for the death of my coreligionists during the Holocaust from today’s Germans. I expect them only to be aware it occurred and to guard against it happening again. Harboring hate isn’t healthy.

ace10

Are you expecting an apology from Jose Flores for his racist acts of vandalism?

jbsets

It's all pretty bad. I wish you would put "Christian" in quotes. Christianity has been co-opted by close minded people who judge others in the name of Jesus and God. Anyone who has read the Bible knows that God created all of us and that Jesus loves all of us. There is no differentiation. The problem is that there are lots and lots of people who are Christian (including Catholics who are suddenly no longer considered to be Christian even though Catholicism revolves around Christ) who aren't all caught up in this only white men should be in power. Those groups have bastardize a religion and turned it into something it was never meant to be.

More Cowbell

LCPS needs to apologize to tax payers for wasting time and money over the past 6 months. Williams is failing. Need to find someone with fresh ideas and new energy to Loudoun County Public schools.

WheresFrida

Gee. I can feel the racism literally ‘melting away’.

If LCPS cared about equality they’d be opening up the school districts to 100% live in person learning, with an asynchronous option for those who don’t want to attend school. This fall, the haves will send their kids to private schools and the have nots will force their kids to try to learn in front of a computer screen, if they even have internet or a computer to spare.

You think this token act will make up for a lost year of school?

WisdomGuidedByExperience

OK, apology given.

What has changed as a result?

More symbolism over substance.

Can we now focus on the best way to educate children, regardless of skin color?

Loudoun4Trump

Who will apologize to Loudouners for this sorry POS running the school system? I am waiting.....

jbsets

Why don't you run?

Cranb203

Form these comments, the citizens are not ready to issue an apology.

LetSanityPrevail

Nearly all of today’s citizens of Loudoun County Didn’t live in Loudoun in the 1960s. Why should they be held responsible for the actions of others 60 years ago? I come from a minority that has been persecuted, murdered and attacked for over 2,000 years. Should I expect an apology from the Spanish for the Inquisition, the Russians and Poles for pogroms, from today’s Germans for the a Holocaust, etc, etc, etc. At some point you need to move on.

ace10

Why would the residents of Loudoun county apologize for a public school policy from over half a century ago?

WheresFrida

Because in the Church of Wokeness, being white is the original sin, apparently. You were guilty at birth, brah.

Count Quackula

I think it’s bruh

jbsets

What is woke and wokeness? I keep asking and nobody answers

Stepup

Almost all current citizens weren't alive, weren't residing in Loudoun county, or had no role in segregation of schools.

To presume these citizens have some responsibility and need to apologize is disingenuous and wrong.

Why not celebrate the fact that society has reversed these bad policies and move on to educating all students as well as possible.

chrisnich

LCPS yesterday: atoning for gay rights violations that have yet to happen. LCPS today: atoning for civil rights violations that happened 50 years ago. LCPS tomorrow: actually educating the students of Loudoun County....unless something else comes up.

jbsets

Wouldn't that be nice. It would be great if all kids were treated the same and got education and resources. Wouldn't it be nice if all the bigotry went away, especially that made in the name of God. Don't need to apologize. WE JUST NEED TO DO BETTER

jke

Twit!

Big Daddy 348759

Has LCPS full embraced this leftist theology hook, line, and sinker? Segregation was bad and should have never happened, but it did, and is now part of our unfortunate past. Why are people that were not part of this apologizing for past superintendents and school boards? Will this really make things better and we can finally move on? If that was all it took then I'm sorry too and lets get back to educating our children! Open the schools!

jbsets

You and/or your friends elected them.

Lawman

Look the Revolution is going good. Televised every night and picking up steam politically. Who cares about LCPS’s apology. Does not change any facts on the ground. If you want to apologize, return the $4000 with interest the Black citizens of Loudoun county who had to collect that amount to pay for the land where the Frederick Douglass High School is located and then donate the land to LCPS in 1940 so that they would build a school for Black students. Most of you racist trolls did not know that story. Black people had to use their own resources to get their kids educated although they were still paying taxes. Return that money so it can be used for scholarships. Do something more than words.

Stepup

The country has spent $22 trillion over the last 50 years to fight poverty. Much of this astounding number has gone to African American communities.

Where are the results?

The excuses, grievances and lack of accountability is getting old.

Lawman

StepupnShutup get your facts right. Most of the money spent on poverty was spent on poor white people. You know the one’s you never talk about. So get your facts straight.

LetSanityPrevail

Lawman, cite your statistics and facts and their source.

jbsets

LetSanityPrevail: You going to ask for stats and studies, you need to provide your own

LetSanityPrevail

Jbsets...If someone like lawman makes claims about facts it is up to them to show their sources. It is clear he can’t back up his statements. Your compadre AG asks the same of others so I guess such requests are only allowed from those holding similar opinions as you.

Count Quackula

Apparently now it’s white privilege lol

David Dickinson

" Black people had to use their own resources to get their kids educated although they were still paying taxes. Return that money so it can be used for scholarships." Yeah, and while you are at it, do the same for all the White folk who have been doing the same for decades.

Lawman

Dickrson is that some more of that made up history stuff you white folks come up with like the Civil War wasn’t about slavery. Amazing so many ignorant people in one county

Count Quackula

Wait...cnn said that’s racist.

Jeanne T

"Who cares about LCPS’s apology."

I agree with you that LCPS shouldn't apologize.

Jeanne T

"Black people had to use their own resources to get their kids educated although they were still paying taxes."

Hmmm, my parents didn't use their resources to send any of us seven kids to college We all had to pay for our post-HS education by w.o.r.k.i.n.g. Likewise, I would never pay for a child's education. NO ONE is entitled to a college education, and therefore, no parent is obligated to pay for it.

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Jeanne T

My name is Jeanne, not Jeanay.

Yes, I read, in fact. And there is nothing in my comments that is "racist". "Post-HS". There is nothing in my responses to you that could in any way be construed as "racist". There is nothing "racist" about paying for your own college education, or saying that no one is entitled to it.

You don't know me. On the other hand, I know that you made overt threats on my life, and your comments were deleted. That tells me who you are.

jbsets

I don't think that a parent is obligated to pay for college, but they can if they want to. I think that scholarships and low interest loans should be available. I don't agree with the govt providing college for all at the govt's expense. I would only back that if it meant that the recipients had to "repay" that by serving in the military, teaching or providing medical care in under served areas, performing other public services for a period of time. I also don't think that all kids should go to college if they don't want that. Some kids are better suited and more interested in trades like plumbing, electrical, HVAC, cosmetology, medical/dental assistant, butcher, etc. I don't get why college for all is being pushed when not everyone wants to go to college and why it should be totally free. How lefty does that sound?

Cranb203

The apology is well meaning however, it's citizens are not ready. If God were leading this group he would have to wander us in the dessert for another 40 years. Still to much hate and white supremacist thoughts in the hearts of this people. We are just not there yet.

Lawman

Namely these knuckleheads commenting on this site. He would flood the joint and start over.

Jeanne T

You mean knuckleheads who post violent fantasies against other posters, "lawman"? That kind of knucklehead?

DarkHelmet 1983

Not accurate regarding your white supremacist musings. I for one have grown quite tired of hearing about white privilege, etc. It's OK to be white and not be ashamed of it. Finally, it is "desert" you meant to say, not "dessert" as in after dinner.

Big Daddy 348759

I'll wander in the dessert any day! The desert, on the other hand is not my cup of tea!

jbsets

I'm in if it's blueberry pie (especially from mom's) or anything chocolate! [wink]

WheresFrida

Maybe it’s time someone said this, but disagreeing with you isn’t white supremacy. in fact, crying ‘white supremacy’ is the quickest way of saying you have no argument.

Notalib

White Supremacist? What a load of manure.

The way you write you act like whites run around all day with a hood on their head.

I work for a Fortune 500 company and there are many minorities where I work and many of them are high level executives. I think what you put in to this country you get out of it. Work hard, no matter your race and you will achieve..

This country is not s racist country, if it was why would so many want to come here? I can tell you one thing, it's not for White Supremacy.

jbsets

The premise is good, but unfortunately it isn't that simple. No matter how hard you try, you don't get anywhere because something in life holds you back, even if it's money rather than minority status. As for white supremacy, perhaps you aren't a white nationalist, but that doesn't mean that they aren't any or that white supremacy doesn't exist. Lots of people want to come to the US. Could be to avoid persecution, to get an education, to join family, to escape poverty. When you are trying to get away from persecution in particular, you don't worry about something like white supremacy. Everyone has a different reason for wanting to be in the US. Some consider things like that, but most worry about these things later.

ace10

EDUCATE. THE. CHILDREN.

That's the sole purpose of the LCPS.

ace10

Even the loons are having a hard time mustering support for such an absurd action by the Loudoun school officials.

The (D)'s who are running Loudoun are 100% out of control.

jbsets

You know, when I saw your first statement, my thought was, Right on! You totally ruined it by the second one.

Djfmer

Unbelievable! What instigated this? I hope there will be a few school officials and elected officials with the courage not to participate. I would like to see who goes on record for this nonsense. The focus of the school board SHOULD be on improved education for the kids. That's what some of my taxes are for, not the political "me too" idiots.

amerigirl

What makes you think they can't do both? Nonsense, really? Guess what all those as you call them "me too" people pay taxes too.

jbsets

Me too is about sexual favors to get something or sexual misconduct in general. Are you now accusing the BOS and LCSB of sexual misconduct?

Well Water Person

Don’t y’all just love the way your lives are now being controlled by BLM?

amerigirl

Controlled by? No, it is equality and it has been too long happening. No one is trying to control anyone.

Stepup

Blacks have had equal rights under the law since the civil rights laws dating back to the 1960s. Yes remnants of racial discrimination exist but have dramatically improved over the past decades. Witness the successes of blacks in all walks of life. They are testament to the opportunities for anyone to succeed regardless of race. I’m sure many of these successful black people experienced and overcame racism.

All people face some type of discrimination in there life based on race, religion,, gender, sexuality, height, weight, hair color, physical and mental handicaps. It is an unfortunate aspect of contemporary humanity.

Yet many overcome discrimination to achieve success in their lives,

America has been a leader in recognizing the unalienable rights of all people.

It seems BLM believes protesting, rioting and looting and being aggrieved is the path to success. Why are so many falling for this farce?

Jeanne T

Define "equality".

ABee

Spineless, squeaky Williams is a joke.

No one in office today had anything to do with policies from decades ago.

FOCUS on Loudoun youth and their education.

amerigirl

It's not politics today and it wasn't then. It is about equality, why are you trying to make it political?

ABee

Wrong again AG. Office holders make the policy.

We are talking about an inept Williams charged with leading the education of our youth which he has not been doing. He is a failure.

Thetruthhurts

Okay, the clock starts just as soon as the apologies are issued and fawning has commenced.

Exactly one year from that date, I will expect to see the 'education/learning gap' between whites and blacks will all but disappear, the POC crime rate will no longer be way out of proportion to the overall population, and POC out of wedlock births will be unheard of.

amerigirl

Most of that may well happen but it will take time and they aren't going to pay attention to your 1 year deadline. What makes a family is not your decision, for white or people of color. There are single white women raising kids too

Keep it real

Nothing but the same selfish people raising a stink about an apology.... no wonder this county forced most low income blacks out the county over these years, and over policed black neighborhoods to boast the stats of "control" of that population.

LetSanityPrevail

What are the sources for your statement that blacks were forced out the county? How about the fact that many poor whites were also displaced due to the gentrification of the county. Maybe it was economics that drove the poorer segments of Loudoun's population out of the county. It is cheap and lazy assume racism is the cause of all demographic change. In fact if Loudoun citizens were so racist why would the population of the county now be comprised of nearly 15+% South Asian and 15% Hispanic. .

Stepup

How exactly did the "county force most low income blacks out of the county"? What nonsense.

Do you have any evidence that the police did anything but enforce the law as they are supposed to?

Keep it real......NOT.

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marv

Stepup told the truth - a g You, backup / prove your charge with facts or have the decency to apologise.

AshburnRez

Oh thank heavens. Now I can finally sleep at night!

Would be great if LCPS focused on providing the best possible education for our kids during a pandemic instead of pandering to SJWs.

DarkHelmet 1983

Completely agree, AshburnRez. I am otherwise speechless and pretty much flabbergasted.

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marv

If you really believe that, why stay? Which race instructed which? African tribes made and sold the slaves that came to the Americas. Why aren't they ever blamed? Compare the standard of living in the US vs where you might rather live.

drttp24

This is great. How else will Loudoun officials pander to certain groups.

The article does not mention this was 1967, 53 years ago. Was LCPS not worried about this issue last year or ten years ago. LCPS should condemn the violence by the hate groups promoting anarchy. Mr Williams and the board should be embarrassed

DarkHelmet 1983

Mr. Williams is indeed a spineless embarrassment.

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Topdog1

What is it with you and the white supremacy references, seems to be a phobia that erodes your credibility.? History is history, there is no need to apologize for things done years ago of which you were not involved, just do the right thing now to make things better for the schools going forward.

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ace10

Are there "white supremacists" hiding under your bed, or something?

amerigirl

Once everyone is treated equally there won't be groups to pander to. I know for a fact that some of the teachers my kids had went to segregated schools in Loudoun as youths. Those people are still around and it can't hurt to make that apology.

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amerigirl

Ace, there are white supremacist in Loudoun and surrounding areas too. Leesburg resident and State Department official Matthew Gebert lived a second life online as a white supremacist. His neighbors have put up “Hate Has No Home Here” signs.

ace10

When ltM puts up their paywall, this site will become a ghost town. With but a few lefty loons willing to chip in some pesos to keep their precious echo chamber alive.

I won't be here to see it, but I know it will be truly comical. And not in the funniest-comic-you've-ever-seen sort of way.

amerigirl

[offtopic] and a real blame game,[sad]

NOT a Liberal

Clown Posse. Unfortunately, the Clown Posse’s minions got out and voted. So, this will continue until folks (who do not subscribe to worthless virtuous grandstanding) get out and vote these clowns out.

amerigirl

So you have a problem with equality? I guess you think that it is a democratic thing? How about a people thing can you live with that?

Notalib

Alright, that fixes the problem. Now the rioters and looters can go home now and we can all.get on with our lives.

Quit pandering and get back to work!!

Jeanne T

Well, they aren't going home and it's going to get worse, because the Democrat leaders of these cities are not stopping the lawlessness. Law-abiding Americans had better brace themselves.

mrv52

Again?

Jeanne T

And they all lived happily ever after.

BobOhneiserEsq

Sleezburg,, Interesting words but the fact remains that Kamala's family OWNED SLAVES! When do the apologies stop? Are there any Americans alive who owned slaves? killed Indians? Participated in the holocaust? Obviously no - but apparently this has't stopped AGGRESSIVE PREFERENCE SEEKERS to get an UNJUSTIFIED advantage. The school system is actually going to remove ASIAN students who qualify for the Academy of Science to make room for lesser qualified students. How does this make sense if one is ACTUALLY interested in fairness and equality of opportunity?

riverman

Is there anything about Eric Williams that makes sense? He's just another cheap politician. And Sleesburg is correct. I've called it that for the last 8 years, Sleesburg in Lowdown County!

jbsets

She did? When? Where?

jbsets

Her father was descended from slaves in Jamaica. HOWEVER, he also descended from the slave owner. That generally means that the slave owner raped his female slave. A child resulted who then became a slave. This is exactly what happened in this country many times over the three centuries of slavery. Sometimes owners would free their children but like Thomas Jefferson, generally not until after his death. Bottom line, someone found the story and cherry picked part of a sentence and created a false narrative around that. Shame on you for believing it! AND for all of you are going to call me a lefty, knowing history and presenting it, is not political. I was just adding context to a misstatement made by Bob

Barry Hussein

He is a joke. LCPS used to have a lot of goodwill within the community, but he and the "we can't teach from the grave" teachers have squandered it. By the way, where should I send my reparations check?

Stepup

No current school board members were there when Loudoun schools were segregated.

They have nothing to apologize for except meaningless gestures like this to demonstrate naive wokeness.

David Dickinson

LCPS is a clown show.

ABee

That is exactly what it is, a clown show!

LoudounPulse

Since LCPS operated segregated schools, they should give all African American children a free pass into the Loudoun Academy.

Hodor

LOL, not going to happen. Most of what you see is just virtue signaling. It infuriates the left and the right, but it works with moderates.

Chris McHale

?Porque

Loudoun4Trump

Why doesn't this moron focus on educating our kids and try to open the schools....what a complete disgrace we have running the school system and ruining kids education opportunities....

Lawman

Why you dipsticks ain’t learning anything anyway. You voted for Trump, case closed on your intellectual capacity.

KK153

I personally would like to offer the most sincere of apologies for my families role in the Roman occupation of Briton in the 3rd century.. it was wrong, and I fell really, really bad!

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David Dickinson

Yes, Romans owned Britons. The Pope was famously walking through the slave market in Italy when he noted two little blond kids for sale and verbally stated that they really needed to send missionaries to Briton to convert the pagans.

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Stepup

Romans enslaved people of all races

ace10

LCPS apologizes for a segregation policy that ended over half a century ago.

By that standard, the children who are currently enrolled in LCPS schools, can expect an apology for being denied an education in 2020, well after they have retired from the workforce.

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ace10

Do yourself a favor and pack up all that hatred of white people and go take a remedial reading class.

HALF CENTURY.

Fifty years. 50 years. Five decades. 5% of a millennium. 600 months. etc etc.

jbsets

While schools were supposed to integrated 50 years ago, it was very slow in coming. Actually southern schools were integrated before most northern schools. Everyone assumed that because the north was against slavery, everything was great up there. The school systems were a mess. They were still practicing "separate but equal" at least 25 years after Brown vs the Board of Education. Hence order of forced busing in Boston. The words would probably be nice even if there would be many who would like much more. I'm up in the air about reparations. I get why various groups want money as an apology, but can't figure out how they could make that happen. Who pays and who gets paid? People of all races came here long after slavery was abolished. They and their descendants weren't involved right? How do you figure out which black people came from slaves and what about people who are the result of unions with people from other races and ethnic backgrounds? A very nominal reparation was made the Japanese Americans who lost everything they owned and were put into internment camps. They went "home" to homes that were now owned by other families, most of whom were white. Many say that we have done right by the Native Americans. I don't see that since so many live on reservations that are shackled by the govt and have some of the worst school systems in this country and very little chance of getting out of poverty because the system was set up that way. We took their land, paid them almost nothing but trinkets, continued to take the land back, even to this day. What about the Chinese Americans of the 19th century who were forced into labor to build the transcontinental railroad? The problem is that it goes on and on. If we're going to give reparations to all of these people, let's put women into the mix. Women "take" their husbands' names because that told the rest of the world that he owned her. Same with the children. Notice I said OWNED them. Everything that a woman brought into a marriage became her husband's property. A woman had to put up with domestic abuse, cheating, and God knows what else because if she left, she had nothing. She couldn't even take her kids with her. 100 years ago a woman could finally vote. When credit cards became the norm in the 1950s, a woman couldn't get a card in her own name. She couldn't buy a house without a man's signature to guarantee the mortgage. She could only do those things if she was rich and didn't need those things. In the late 1970s it was still almost impossible to get those things. After my parents divorced in 1976, my mom wanted to buy a house in 1977. Bank wanted my dad, her ex-husband, to co-sign. He wasn't so interested. Then they demanded that her father co-sign. I guess he might have if he hadn't died several months before. The ERA is still not in place. Women still make significantly less than men doing the same job with the same education. If we're giving money out to everyone, where will that money come from? I am sympathetic, especially since I fit at least two of those categories, but words are going to have to be good enough, especially in this economy where so many people can't pay their 2019 tax bills and it will be worse in 2021 because so many people will have to raid their 401ks and IRAs to pay their bills. There is no way that any state or the Fed will forgive the fees and penalties of late payments or that go with payment plans. I don't know. I just don't know...

ABee

Agree with Ace!

BobOhneiserEsq

WHILE YOU ARE AT GESTURING PLEASE INCLUDE THE CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE POOREST OF LOUDOUN ON PLAZA STREET AS THEY ARE STILL BUSED AWAY FROM THE CLOSEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THEY COULD WALK TO. Has anyone asked Kamala Harris to apologize yet for her family owning slaves in Jamaica? How about all the LCPS schools named after farms that owned slaves? How about apologizing for the abject refusal to STOP EXPELLING CHILDREN from a school system that is supposed to be on a universal educational basis even including teaching students while in jail. How about apologizing for being incredibly insincere about planning to adapt to a known pandemic risk, falsely giving parents a choice and then caving to political pressure to downgrade one of the best school systems on earth? Where is Dr. Hatrick?

sleezburg

Give the Kamala thing a rest. Black folks bought others to free them. This is a historical fact if you would read a book.

amerigirl

Kamala Harris, Yes! pay attention. But I miss Dr. Hatrick too

jbsets

Her father was descended from slaves in Jamaica. HOWEVER, he also descended from the slave owner. That generally means that the slave owner raped his female slave. A child resulted who then became a slave. This is exactly what happened in this country many times over the three centuries of slavery. Sometimes owners would free their children but like Thomas Jefferson, generally not until after his death. Bottom line, someone found the story and cherry picked part of a sentence and created a false narrative around that. Shame on you for believing it! AND for all of you are going to call me a lefty, knowing history and presenting it, is not political. I was just adding context to a misstatement made by Bob

ace10

(D) candidate for POTUS J Biden fervently fought court-ordered busing in order to integrate schools.

In 1977, when speaking of forced integration he is quoted as saying "Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point. We have got to make some move on this."

A racial jungle? Seriously?

Bye Don 2020

An empty gesture to be sure. I think setting up black history courses and ensuring fairness of treatment for students of color on their campuses today is more important. But I guess the apology doesn't hurt anyone so fine. Wonder if we'll see some of the area's private academies apologize for forming in response to integration and busing.

LetSanityPrevail

We don’t need black history courses, what would be much better would be incorporation of black contributions as part of science, history and literature lessons to American society. If you continue to treat Blacks as separate you perpetuate the otherness.

Barry Hussein

But somebody needs to perpetuate blacks as victims. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

LetSanityPrevail

True, sickening and despicable but true.

marv

I read somewhere, there was (many years ago) an expression about giving someone an inch and they would take a mile.

DarkHelmet 1983

True 'dat, Barry Hussein!

Big Daddy 348759

You nailed it! The desire is not equality in races, it's now the heralded african americans. When do the asians, hispanics, middle-eastern population of Loudoun County get apology and get to be equal?

jbsets

Please add women to that list

jbsets

I think both are important

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